Middle school students complete hands-on science and engineering activities and learn about careers in environmental conservation and engineering while investigating their community’s local water resources.
Providing students and teachers with access to scientifically valid and easy-to-use watershed tools to accurately examine their own neighborhoods, to define local environmental problems or challenges, and to develop solutions to improve their environment.
In collaboration with the Educational Testing Service (ETS), we’re using an automated scoring engine to assess students’ written responses in real time and provide immediate feedback within two Earth science curriculum modules.
We’re bringing the excitement of scientific discovery to students by letting them explore pressing unanswered questions in Earth, space, and environmental science using the same methods that practicing scientists use.
New groundwater and soil moisture drought indicator maps produced by NASA are available on the National Drought Mitigation Center’s website. They currently show unusually low groundwater storage levels in Texas. The maps use an 11-division scale, with blues showing wetter-than-normal conditions and a yellow-to-red spectrum showing drier-than-normal conditions. (Credit: NASA/National Drought Mitigation Center) The map […]
NASA technology is being used to find fossil aquifers underneath Earth’s driest deserts. This technology was developed to explore underneath the surface of Mars, to help determine if there might be water on the red planet. Water is a sign that life might be possible. Why are they using this technology on Earth? We know […]
What does irrigation have to do with climate change? Possibly a lot. According to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, irrigation has increased agricultural productivity by an amount roughly equivalent to the entire agricultural output of the United States. That’s a lot of increased productivity! All of those growing plants take up more […]
Today’s Wall Street Journal ran a story about using beavers to raise the water table and rehabilitate natural areas. Beavers? How can beavers do this? Photo by Walter Siegmund Beaver dam of Hat Lake and Hat Creek in foreground. Bridge over Hat Creek on highway 89, Lassen Volcanic National Park. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BeaverDam_8409.jpg Beavers are rodents that live […]
Where has all the groundwater gone, long time passing? (My apologies to Pete Seeger and Joe Hickerson.) It’s gone into the sea. Scientists in the Netherlands have made the shocking discovery that much of the water pumped out of the ground evaporates and ends up in the oceans. Amazingly, this raises the sea level by […]